- Tricks companies play
- May 11, 2016
Price glitches are the most entertaining payback you can get from a supermarket, shop or website, the savings can be immense but not all are successful.
You will feel the following:
The best technique to find price glitches is do your research, find out when supermarkets are changing promotions (i.e. check online), test obvious products that may have multiple promotions placed on them by taking them to self service tills.
Most glitches happen when a new promotion is added but the original promotion hasn’t been switched off yet. i.e. 2 for 1 new deal & 3 for £2 old deal working together.
It can be tedious and boring to actively try and hunt down these type of glitches, but if you find one they can be amazing & you will become a legend.
What are the main types of online glitches:
There has been so many to list all of them however here are a few
Companies generally don’t do these on purpose, except sometimes Tesc0*.
They’re caused by human error, a computer glitch, a marketing ploy gone wrong or simply end of line clearance.
It really depends on the glitch, some can cause huge profit loss but others can actually save a company money.
Example of how it can ruin sales for a company: A computer glitch forces two promotions to work together at the same time, this causes a reduction of over 80% from the original price. The problem is not picked up by staff & it’s only a week later the mangers notice the issue, that could be £1000′s of lost revenue. The amount of loss depends on how wide spread the problem is & how many people know about it.
Example of how it can save a company money: If an item is close to its use-by date or is getting too obvious within store, i.e. old Christmas stock, then a company must face the possibility of paying a waste disposal company to take it all away. So instead they ‘secretly’ reduce the price of certain items without changing the labels, so when you go to the till you get a ‘bargain’ & tell your friends about it. i.e. a price glitch, these types of glitches are generally fabricated by larger supermarkets.
Read our full article on end of line, out of date stock.
Our sources tell us this is how Tesc0* and lots of other retailers reduce items that are past an event date, i.e. Christmas, Easter, Valentines etc:
They knock 75% off, then 50%, then 25%. then 10% & finally reduce it to 1p, this whole process takes roughly 12 weeks.
Generally these items will not have a clearance label placed on them.
The short answer is yes, most companies within their terms and conditions state that an order is only final once it has left the warehouse, so if your item has not left yet it can be cancelled.
But be sure to double check, as some companies state that an order is final once you get an email confirmation.
JUST WAIT. For the love of <insert something holy/that you live for> NEVER CONTACT A COMPANY involved in a price glitch!
Even if something has gone wrong with your payment JUST WAIT. A company will ALWAYS refund you (eventually) for any mistakes etc as they LEGALLY HAVE TO! If you contact them to complain they’ve taken payment but you’ve not had an email confirmation etc then YOU WILL RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE + most likely it’s just a fault with their emails sending out and actually your order was placed!
Now this is where it becomes interesting, technically once the order has left the warehouse (on way to you) the contract is in place and they technically owe you the full order. If the wrong item (or only 1 instead of 5 arrives for example) then you may have a leg to stand on.
Wait for other people’s orders to arrive and then contact them explaining the situation and you’re requesting your correct order be delivered, never mention the low price etc just explain you got the wrong order. If you get nowhere then state that you believe it’s a breach of contract.
Be careful: They may ask you to send back the original item, don’t until the correct items have been sent to you.
Lots of companies will simply say we will refund you and you keep the product, which is fair. However if it’s a really large company then you could push them further for the correct order to be sent out. If that doesn’t work order at full price and demand a refund on the correct set (risky but works with a certain retailer that shall remain anonymous).
No, but there are exceptions!
The problem you have is when you’re fraudulently using discount vouchers for personal gain, i.e. using them multiple times or not within the terms and conditions of use.
Example of where it can go very wrong: A couple had a £17.50 voucher from Tesco clubcard rewards.
They used the self-service tills and used the voucher, but instead of placing the voucher in the ‘voucher slot’ they went back and used it again and again and again. After visiting 7 stores and using the voucher 62 times they were finally arrested, they walked away with a 12 month community order & had to pay £500 compensation to Tesco.
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